Dr Tatsushi Arai is an scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable
development, and cross-cultural communication with extensive international experience.
Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at
the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont, a fellow of
the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's School for Conflict
Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia, and a research associate of the Toda
Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii. Previously, Dr Arai taught
international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994
genocide. 

As a trainer, mediator, and dialogue facilitator, he has designed and carried out a
number of capacity-building workshops and dialogues on conflict, development, and culture
for political leaders, diplomats, civil society and religious leaders, military and
peacekeeping professionals, and representatives of international organizations in diverse
regions of the world. During the past decade, Dr Arai's activities have focused on
South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, sub-Sahara Africa, and the United
States. He has also conducted field research in Europe. Dr Arai serves as a adviser to,
and/or an active member of, several nongovernmental organizations in the field of
international conflict resolution and development. 

Contact: tatsushi.arai@sit.edu 

Books

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Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)

This volume is a collection of policy analyses and recommendations derived from a China-Japan dialogue...

 

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Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2009)

Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (Routledge: London, 2009) This book explores how...

 

Journal Articles

Strait Talk: Youth-Led Civil Society Dialogues Across the Taiwan Strait (forthcoming), Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) Occasional Paper (2014)

This essay analyzes patterns of inter-group dynamics among young Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese, and American civil...

 

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Art, Creativity, and Conflict Transformation: A Practitioner's Field Note, Juniata Voices (2013)

The paper explores the role of art in particular and creativity in general in the...

 

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Alternative Perspectives on Conflict History: On the Methodology of Peace Education and Dialogue, Waseda Journal of Law (2012)

This essay, written in Japanese, is an attempt to construct an integrated framework for analyzing...

 

Contributions to Books

Strait Talk: Activating Peace Potential in Youth-Led Civil Society Dialogues Across the Taiwan Strait, New Paradigms in Peace Research: The Asia-Pacific Context (2013)

This essay explores lessons learned from a series of annual weeklong dialogues that the author...

 
The Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute as an Identity-Based Conflict: Toward Sino-Japan Reconciliation (with Zheng Wang), Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)
 
Transforming the Territorial Dispute in the East China Sea: A Systems Approach, Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013)
 
Experiential Approaches to Conflict Transformation Trainning: Notes from Three Scholar-Practitioners (with Paula Green and John Ungerlider), International Education and Global Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Sustainability (2012)
 
Afterword: Reflecting on the Intersection of Art and Peacebuilding., Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict (2011)
 

Popular Press

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Transforming the Cycle of Violence in Rakhine State: Toward Inter-Communal Peace in Myanmar (in Burmese), 7 Day News (2014)

A Burmese translation (by H. Oo) of the English article published earlier in Transcend Media...

 

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Syria in search of a political solution: Toward functional coexistence, Transcend Media Service (2013)

This essay advocates an urgent need to look beyond the mass violence Syria is experiencing,...

 

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Transforming the Cycle of Violence in Rakhine State: Toward Inter-Communal Peace in Myanmar, Transcend Media Service (2013)

A policy proposal based on a series of interviews, focus-group discussions, and workshops conducted in...

 

Other Writings

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Toward a Buddhist Theory of Structural Peace: Lessons from Burma/Myanmar, Asia Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) conference (2013)

This essay analyzes the result of in-depth interviews that the author conducted with Burmese Buddhist...

 

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From Existential Conflict to Functional Coexistence: Lessons from Afghanistan, the Taiwan Strait, and Europe during the Cold War, International Studies Association (ISA) Conference (2013)

This paper postulates working hypotheses on functional coexistence and explores its applicability to the transformation...

 

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Toward a Buddhist Paradigm of Peace Studies: Dependent Origination and Conflict Transformation (Working Paper) (2012)

This study develops a theory of social conflict and a practical method of its transformation...

 

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The Great North East Japan Earthquake: Needs Assessment and Policy Recommendations (in Japanese) (2011)

This is a policy paper submitted to various policy-oriented stakeholders in Japan, based on the...

 
Transforming Cultural Carriers of Chosen Traumas: The Case of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo., Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction, Conference Proceedings. (2007)
 

Work in Progress

Democracy through Revolutionary Partnership and Inclusive Development: Post-War Nepal in Transition (2014)

Social divisions that gave rise to Nepal’s civil war in 1996-2006 remain intact. While many...

 
On the Deep Culture and Structure of Inter-Communal Coexistence: Lessons Learned from the Swiss Experience of Nation-Building (2014)

This study explores lessons learned from the contemporary Swiss experience of nation-building that may be...

 

Video Presentations Online

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Dialogue in the Midst of Conflict: Searching for Security in the Age of Globalization (2014)

A TED talk on the role of deep and engaging dialogue as a basis for...

 

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Transforming Identity-based conflict (2014)

Interview with Tatsushi Arai on identity-based conflicts at Hacettepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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China-Japan Dialogue: Beyond the Territorial Dispute - A public seminar at the Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2013)

The seminar was co-facilitated by Tatsushi Arai and his Chinese colleague Zheng Wang to explore...

 

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Syria: Toward Functional Coexistence (2012)

The presentation applies systems analysis to the ongoing war in Syria and explores possible political...